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Owners will not vote on Chiefs’ overtime proposal

Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs’ desired changes to overtime won’t be implemented for the 2019 season. Going forward, though, there remains a chance the team’s proposal drastically alters how extra football is played in the NFL.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Kansas City’s proposal to change the rules of overtime to put less emphasis on the coin toss will be reconsidered next year and potentially put in place exclusively for the playoffs.

In March, the Chiefs submitted a proposal to the competition committee that would allow both teams to possess the ball even if the first team that touches it scores. The proposal, however, was ultimately not voted on by the Competition Committee, lacking the initial support needed to move forward in the deliberation process. Under the league’s current overtime rules, the game is over if the team who wins the coin toss scores a touchdown on its first possession, regardless of whether or not the opponent gets the chance to play offense.

Kansas City fell victim to the pitfalls of that rule in the AFC Championship Game, when Patrick Mahomes and company stormed back from a multi-touchdown deficit in the second half to end regulation tied with the New England Patriots. After the Patriots won the coin toss to begin the extra session, Tom Brady marched his team down the field at Arrowhead Stadium, completing multiple third-and-longs and even having an interception called back as the result of an offsides penalty, to score a touchdown and beat the Chiefs 37-31.

New England went on to beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, winning an unprecedented sixth championship ring during the Brady era.